5 Things to Do in Metro Phoenix This Week
Your to-do list is about to get a little bit longer. Here are Jackalope Ranch's top picks for things to do this week in Phoenix -- from art exhibitions to Star Trek spoofs.
Courtesy of Vision Gallery Linda Ingraham's Escaping Gravity is part of her retrospective in Chandler.
Linda Ingraham has a long history of exhibiting her work in the Valley. Her last major solo exhibit (Mesa, 2013) featured an unusual array of still-life images, including flying lemons. Her current exhibit at Vision Galley is a career-spanning affair, covering more than 25 years creating mixed media photography, an artform that consists of painting into the background of photographs.
Of course, it's not as simple as that, and Ingraham often turns to surreal or iconic imagery -- such as statuary or Gothic columns -- to command a viewer's focus, while her painted backgrounds cast reverence or isolation on the subject. These ideas conjure up unexpected emotions and "visual metaphors," as she calls them, that can linger for days.
See the haunting beauty of Ingraham's work in the exhibition "Linda Ingraham: 25 Years of Mixed Media Photography" from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, April 7 at Vision Gallery, 10 East Chicago Street, Chandler. The free show is on view through Sunday, May 3. Visit www.visiongallery.org/exhibition-sched.html or call 480-782-2645. -- Glenn BurnSilver
'Tis the season to get back in touch with nature, take a few hikes, and head out for some camping adventures. The dangers, though, of spinning into the wild range well beyond simply getting a sunburn or bug bites. Award-winning author Nevada Barr revisits the great outdoors in her latest mystery, Destroyer Angel, and reads and discusses her work on Tuesday, April 8.
Barr's latest is her 18th outing with protagonist Anna Pigeon. The National Park Service ranger's camping trip in northeastern Minnesota with friends gets interrupted by a band of gunmen with nefarious plans. Pigeon, having slipped away before the confrontation, snaps into action in the outback when it's clear that she's all that stands between her compatriots and tragedy.
Barr is scheduled to appear at The Poisoned Pen Bookstore, 4014 North Goldwater Boulevard in Scottsdale from 7 to 8 p.m. Admission is free, and copies of Destroyer Angel are $26.99. For more information, visit www.poisonedpen.com or call 480-947-2974. -- Jose Gonzalez